Monthly Archives: February 2014

Transitional Care



Minnesota State University Moorhead RN-BSN student in Nursing 420: Gerontological Nursing to Promote Successful Aging will doing a project where they analyze the transitional care process this spring.

When illness occurs, many individuals find themselves transitioning from one healthcare environment to another. Because of the increasing number of chronic diseases in the elderly, that process can become very complicated. Medication, functional, and physiological changes occur during hospitalization and often the impact of those changes isn’t fully recognized. As a result the transition to another setting often results, unintentionally of course, in exacerbations, treatment failures and eventually hospital readmission.

Beginning October 1, 2012, the Affordable Care act added a provision which established the Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program. Payments are now reduced to hospitals with excess readmissions. Money talks and an emphasis on improving the transitional care process is becoming the norm. The “Affordable Care Act includes $500 million to fund pilot projects on transitional care services for “high-risk” Medicare beneficiaries (such as those with multiple chronic conditions and hospital readmissions) at certain hospitals and community organizations over a 5-year period.” It’s a pilot project, but if cost savings are demonstrated after five years it will continue. This seems like a win, win for all. The patients and families experience a smooth transition, improved safety and wellbeing and the cost and risk of recurrent hospital admissions are reduced. Once again, nurses can play a pivotal role in this process!

Victoria Teske RN, MS, GNP-BC
Assistant Professor
School of Nursing and Health Care Leadership
213 B Lommen Hall
1104 7th Avenue South
Moorhead, MN 56563

Care About Your Care

Care About Your Care Video Continuing Education Opportunity

A component of the transitional care project that students in the RN to BSN program in Minnesota State University Moorhead will be doing this semester is in the following video. The goal of this video is to “inform nurses and physicians about the drivers of avoidable hospital readmissions and how improved care transitions may reduce avoidable readmissions.” It includes a panel of national experts which is moderated by Dr. Nancy Snyderman, the chief medical editor for NBC news. The panel also gives examples of successful transitional care projects. The panel and particularly Dr. Snyderman, are very cognizant of the potential impact of nursing’s role in the success of safe, quality, cost saving transitional care.

More information can be found at

Victoria Teske RN, MS, GNP-BC
Assistant Professor
School of Nursing and Health Care Leadership

Community Health Courses Offered this Spring



Nandita Bezaruah, a professor in the School of Nursing and Healthcare Leadership at MSUM briefly summarizes the Community Health courses currently being offered.

Health Aspects of Aging:

This course is designed to provide an understanding about adult development and aging. The purpose of the course is both to provide a general introduction to the field of gerontology and specific focus on some aspects of aging behavior and aging process. This course is applicable to students with a background in Gerontology, Social Work, Health Services Administration (with a concentration in Long-Term Care) and the like.

Design and Evaluation of Community Health Program:

Design and Evaluation of Community Health Programs is designed to provide an overview of practical and theoretical skills needed to plan, implement and evaluate health promotion programs, especially community and public health programs. Students get a hands-on-experience in evaluating a health related project.

Women’s and Children’s Health:

The course will address the dynamic health status of women and children within the family, community and health care system. Emphasis will be placed on theories and principles which result in a foundation for critical thinking, application of research, and use of knowledge as it relates to caring for children and families from diverse cultures and environments. Students will develop an understanding of the status of women’s and children’s health with emphasis on nutrition, common diseases, and health indicators.

MSUM Student Healthcare Leadership Organization Blood Drive – Feb. 2014

United Blood Services and the MSUM Student Healthcare Leadership Organization organized a blood drive took place yesterday, February 18th from 10:30 to 2:30 pm in the Comstock Memorial Union. The Student Healthcare Leadership Organization made a goal of registering 20 individuals to donate. Yesterday, 11 people donated. Although they didn’t meet their goal, the members of the Healthcare Leadership Organization were excited about the experience!

blood drive 1blood drie puc 2

Thank you to all of those who donated your time to help save lives!

Pathophysiology and MSUM



This spring semester 2014, I have the privilege of team teaching Nursing 450 Applied Pathophysiology with Peggy Hanson, RN, MS, CFRN, CCRN, CEN who is currently the ED/Occupational Health/Cardiology Nurse Manager at the Fargo VAMC. I was searching the web looking for Peggy’s specific credentials and found this website. Take a look!

As a side note, many of you probably know the RN to BSN program at MSUM recently made some fairly major curriculum changes. Our new curriculum is more coherent. In each course, students are asked to consider and explore specific areas of professional interest and relate the course content to their desired focus area. In addition, the program now culminates in a capstone course where students will be completing a leadership project in their area of interest with a professional mentor. This is in contrast to the previous clinical experience, where the student spent a specific number of hours with a clinical preceptor.

Consequently, in Nursing 450 this semester, we are developing a “menu” of case studies for students to choose from. Each student will choose three case studies to complete from topics that include obstetrical, psychiatric, gerontological, critical care, pediatric and preventative nursing care. We may continue to expand our repertoire next semester based on students’ responses and interests. Hopefully this will assist students in either expanding their knowledge base in a specific area or in exploring information related to potential leadership projects. As instructors, we have been enjoying the exploration and challenge of developing these topics. It’s been very valuable to combine our professional experience and backgrounds in this endeavor!

Victoria Teske RN, MS, GNP-BC
Assistant Professor
School of Nursing and Health Care Leadership
213 B Lommen Hall
1104 7th Avenue South
Moorhead, MN  56563

MNAF Scholarships

Criteria and application forms for the nursing scholarships through the Minnesota Nurses Association Foundation (MNAF) for 2014 are now available online at:

Also, the winter 2013 issue of Minnesota Nursing Accent includes the highlights of 2013 scholarship and grant recipients recognized at Minnesota Nurses Association Convention held in October is available online at:

February 14th is National Organ Donor Day!

Not only is February 14th Valentine’s Day, it is also National Organ Donor Day! This day is designated to encourage people to donate their organs and save lives. National Organ Donor Day is celebrated by highlighting the ways people can save lives through blood donations, marrow drives, and tissue sign-up events across the country.

More than 120,000 people are waiting for an organ transplant and every 10 minutes someone is added to the organ waiting list. Individuals are added to the list for a variety of reasons including trauma, bone damage, spinal injuries, burns, hearing impairment and vision loss. Even more devastating, an average of 18 people die each day waiting for a transplant. Recently, there has been a significant increase in that number of individuals on the donor organ waiting list while the number of donors has remained relatively stable.

You can help close this gap by signing up to be an organ, eye, and tissue donor. By signing up, you could save the lives of up to 8 individuals.

 To find out more information about organ donation or to sign up, please visit

February is American Heart Month

American Heart Association


According to the CDC, “Every year, about 715,000 Americans have a heart attack. About 600,000 people die from heart disease in the United States each year.” That turns out to be 1 in every 4 deaths; which is why heart disease is the leading cause of death.

The most common type of heart disease in the U.S. is Coronary Artery Disease. This is a disease that develops over the course of time. It comes from unhealthy eating and lack of exercise. The combination allows plaque to build up in arteries and starts to slowly cut off blood to the heart. The plaque that develops over time in the arteries can cause a list of health problems. Some include heart attack, angina, heart failure, and arrhythmias. Each year these health problems occur and add up to about $312.6 billion in the U.S.

February has been designated American Heart Month to help Americans prevent heart disease and promote a more healthy lifestyle. The CDC has provided some tips on how to prevent heart disease:

-Eat a healthy diet
-Maintain a healthy weight
-Exercise regularly
-Monitor your blood pressure
-Don’t smoke
-Limit alcohol use -Have you cholesterol checked
-Manage your diabetes
-Take your medicine

To learn more visit the American Heart Association’s official website:


Nursing Students Planning Trip To Nicaragua

Nicaragua Map

Under the faculty supervision of Jane Bergland, six undergraduate RN students and one graduate student are making plans for the annual health trip to Nicaragua. We are part of a larger medical group whose care is focused on children with handicaps. Students are working in pairs to develop culturally appropriate education which will be presented at rural schools. They are also collecting soap and school supplies to hand out. Graduate student, Carrie Mayfield, will be completing her practicum hours in the role of nurse educator.

Nicaragua Group
Picture of 2013 Group.

Bagging Medication
Bagging Medication in Nicaragua.

RN to BSN Application Deadline: March 15th!

The deadline for applications to the RN to BSN program is fast approaching! To be admitted to the program for Fall Semester 2014 applications must be completed and submitted by March 15th, 2014.

Application Procedure

Two separate application processes must be completed:
1. Apply to MSUM. You must be accepted to MSUM before the School of Nursing application is processed. You will need to have an MSUM Dragon ID Number before applying to the School of Nursing.

2. After you are accepted into MSUM, you will apply to the School of Nursing.